GROTON -- In other business at last week's meeting of selectmen, the board:

* Delayed a vote on committing the town to paying $2,000 in permitting fees for developer Halsey Platt, who has offered to buy the unused Squannacook Hall building for transformation into rental units, saving it from demolition. Platt's plan ran aground at last year's Town Meeting, when residents turned down his concept plan, siding with the Christian Union Church, whose members claimed his designs on the historic building would pose a parking hardship for them. Platt has continued to talk with church members as well as the town's Affordable Housing Trust to try and come to a mutually beneficial solution to their differences. Hoping for the best, selectmen decided to postpone a vote on the permitting fees pending the outcome of the talks.

* Ratified the appointment of Dana Freeman as mechanic at the Pool and Golf Center.

* Ratified the appointment of Norman Robertson to a vacancy on the Finance Committee. The unfinished term is scheduled to end June 30, 2015.

* Voted to open the warrant for spring Town Meeting while setting the date as April 28.


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